NEWS RELEASE: Community benefits from top-rated, high-quality lab

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June 27, 2016

NEWS RELEASE: COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM TOP-RATED, HIGH-QUALITY LAB

Individuals with general nerve and muscle problems – including pain, weakness, numbness, and stinging – often seek electrodiagnostic laboratories to perform and read specialized nerve conduction tests. The tests (commonly known as an electromyogram or EMG) precisely pinpoint what source may be causing the discomfort by inserting a small needle electrode into a muscle and measuring the electrical activity in the spinal cord-to-muscle pathway. Now, patients can receive these EMG tests and the much-needed answers, at the only industry-dedicated and accredited lab facility in the region.

The Electrodiagnostic Laboratory at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO) recently received a distinctive licensure level following a rigorous accreditation application process. NAO’s Lab was approved for Lab Accreditation, with an added level of Exemplary Status by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). This is the highest level of AANEM accreditation for any lab in the region. Statewide, there are only five other accredited labs in Phoenix and Tucson. This means patients needing an EMG have the highest-quality facility available to them in central and northern Arizona.

The AANEM standards used for accreditation evaluate the diagnostic and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care. These include clinical-staff qualifications, continuing education, the physical facility, the electrodiagnostic equipment, protocols for performing electrodiagnostic studies, patient reports, and the policies in place for ensuring the health and safety of every patient. NAO’s Electrodiagnostic Laboratory was able to substantiate the quality, proficiency, safety, advanced equipment and clinical protocols needed to support accreditation.

“My physician partners and I are elated. Now we have an even broader scope of medical services available in Flagstaff, enhanced by a high-quality, fully accredited electrodiagnostic lab,” says John Ledington, M.D., Medical Director of the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory at NAO.

 

For more information on the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory, The Spine and Pain Center, or other services provided by Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, please contact Carrie Butler, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 928.226.2936 or by email: butlerc@northazortho.com.